Why is Pet Surgery Important?
Certain health conditions cannot be corrected or prevented without surgery. Whether the procedure in question is elective, preventive or urgent, our veterinary team in Granbury has the skills and tools necessary to perform a variety of pet surgeries. While surgery may not be the first treatment you would choose for your pet, it may be the most appropriate. Your veterinarian can guide you through your options, and give you the information you need to make a confident decision. Furthermore, we have pets too, and we understand the stress you may be feeling at this time. We would be glad to answer your questions and explain every step of the process to help you feel more at ease.
Surgery can improve your pet’s quality of life and enable them to live more comfortably than before. If you want to know more about the benefits surgery can provide for your pet, be sure to speak with your veterinarian.
Our Pre-Surgical Protocol
Anesthesia is a key aspect of pet surgery. First, anesthetic allows your pet to undergo surgery safely and painlessly. Next, it keeps the patient stable, and makes the procedure easier for the veterinarian to perform. The American Animal Hospital Association dictates that every pet surgery be performed using general anesthesia. Before anesthetizing your pet, we need to make sure the inhalant will be safe for them. We will examine your pet and run pre-anesthetic bloodwork to make sure they’re healthy, and to measure the correct anesthesia levels. Your veterinarian may also recommend coagulation to test your pet’s blood clotting efficiency.
What to Expect Before and After Surgery
You will need to withhold your pet’s food 8-10 hours before their surgery. An empty stomach will prevent your pet from vomiting during surgery and therefore make them safer. You can leave your pet’s water overnight, but you need to take it away in the morning.
After your pet’s surgery, they may seem disoriented and sleepy. This is normal, and we suggest keeping your pet in a quiet, low-traffic area of the home to let them rest and heal. If you have any questions in the following days, don’t hesitate to let us know.
Depending on the type of surgery your pet will be having, our pre- and post-surgical protocols may vary. Your veterinarian will explain all aspects of the surgery including pain management, sutures, food intake, socialization and more. We want you to be as prepared as possible.
To schedule a pet surgery consultation or find out more about our surgical services, get in touch with us today!